Aether AG 60L Backpack
A custom-fit pack with good support can mean the difference between a weekend getaway and a back-breaking death march. Shoulder the Osprey Aether 60 Backpack and you'll have 40 years of pack fitting experience and expertise on your side, including the LightWire peripheral frame for support and an IsoForm CM waist-belt that can be heat molded for a fully customized fit. Plus, the detachable top lid doubles as a lumbar pack so you can carry the perfect amount of gear on day hikes after establishing your main camp.
- Technical backpack for multi-day treks and alpine trips
- Anti-Gravity mesh back with sturdy LightWire frame for comfort
- Customized, thermo-moldable IsoForm5 shoulders and CM waist belt
- Traditional top loader with removable DayLid daypack
- Zippered sleeping bag compartment with internal divider
- Dual ice axe and trekking pole carry systems
- External hydration reservoir sleeve
- Removable sleeping pad straps
- Item #OSP007N
What do you think about this product?
June 28, 2019
Happy with my first backpack
Now that Iâve used this bag on multiple trips and broken it in I feel ready to review. Itâs mostly been used on 3-day winter snow camping excursions, and a bit in the summer as well. What I love: the anti-gravity suspension, zipper placement, ease of packing & retrieving packed items. What I thought Iâd love and now realize I didnât need: the top flap that turns into a removable day-pack. Being my first âbig-boyâ pack, I thought this would be fantastic for excursions from camp, now it just feels like added bulk and a bit cumbersome. What I dislike: no built-in rain fly. And if you havenât stretched that morning, it can be difficult to reach any side-mounted water bottle. Overall: very happy with this pack. Itâs built tough and feels light on your back.
April 26, 2019
high tech bag
This bag has many conveniences. The pockets are huge, and it is really well designed for easy access to every area. The anti-gravity system is awesome!
May 19, 2018
not a fan of the suspension system
This is a very well built and well featured pack. I especially liked the huge pockets on the belt. I hike with my family and it is convenient to have lots of snacks and stuff available without having to take off the pack. My one complaint is a serious one however. This pack has a mesh suspension system that holds the pack away from your pack. While airy and pleasant feeling, it also introduces about a 2 inch gap between your back and the pack itself. This results in the weight being carried farther away from your torso. As a result, I found the that even when carefully loaded, the weight is not well transferred to the hips and you get pulled backwards by the shoulder straps. No amount of adjusting was able to fix this problem for me. I had the same problem with the Osprey Atmos which similarly suspends the pack far from your back. I found the Osprey Kestrel, which has a traditional back, does a better job of transferring load to one's hips, despite being rated for lighter loads. My recommendation: if you're planning on carrying a lot of weight and hip loaded weight distribution is very important to you, then leave the tags on, load test this pack at home and decide whether you want to return it before heading into the wilderness.
May 25, 2018
Thank you for the feedback, Paul. It is important to note, however, that even with packs that have contact against your back, the weight is still a good inch or more away, when you consider all of the foam, stiffeners, etc that are build into a pack design without ventilation. Trade offs, I guess! Definitely a personal preference. Thank you for taking the time to write! Leta Osprey Rep
December 10, 2017
Anti Gravity that works!
As any great adventure, this pack takes a little investment of time to get it right. When I first tried it on all my weight had to go forward to regain my center of gravity and feel balanced. I almost went with something different but fortunately I was determined to take advantage of the new AG. Once I had the harness adjusted properly for my torso and the shoulder straps/load lifters dialed in....WOW! This thing is a BEAST. The compression straps are all in the right spots, the features abound and the water bottle pockets work much better than other reviews lead me to believe. The AG system works amazingly well and for me personally I was willing to give up a pinch of breatheability for the added comfort and support off my back, neck and shoulders. One other small compromise was about 1lb of weight compared to similar packs in the same class. I have been hiking & Backpacking for 20 years and this setup has changed the game for me. I was able to extend my days at Yosemite by hours as well as adding many miles on top of my previous limits and still had energy left and felt less pain the next morning. Honestly carries like a dream, my 50 +/- lb load felt like 35-40. The way the pack 'hugs' your back genuinely kept me feeling much more confident scrambling as well as on steep descents as there is much less weight shift or bounce. I would say con-ish would be the weight (acceptable to me for the features, comfort and support) Could breathe a hair better (also forgiven for the above mentioned benefits and pack durability) Slight tweak to the hydration reservoir sleeve so that the pack retains more air circulation when 2+ L reservoir is full and installed last but not least, Include a rain cover please! There are so many small details that make this pack great, the way the zippers are tucked under the protective overhanging packcloth, adjustable sleeping bag divider, ability to have lower reverse straight jacket compression straps inside or out. A+ Love it!
November 29, 2017
Most comfortable pack I've ever owned, plan on many hikes with it.
November 14, 2017
Great Tech, But Not For Me
So I got to use this pack on a small backpacking trip the other week. Nothing too crazy, just short 6 mile-er into the Uintas. So, a little about me. I was born tall, and have a history of bad hips. I promise this is relevant, give me a second. So, the AG (or Anti-Gravity) system on this pack is a mesh system that is made to take a lot of the weight off your shoulders and put it on your hips. This is generally pretty awesome, as shoulders typically take the brunt of all the weight of the pack. However, because of my bad hips, this was reaaally not comfortable. After a while, my hips actually started hurting, which is not preferred, especially since it was shorter distance. Don't get me wrong, I want to love this pack so much; the quality of the pack is amazing, the pockets are huge and well thought out, and the tech in it is actually really rad. But if you are someone like me who's hips aren't the best, definitely steer clear.
November 6, 2017
Durable and Reliable!!!
I bought one of these packs for a 3 month backpacking trip through southern Utah. Needless to say this bag has gone through a lot, and has stood the test the time. I am very happy with how the bag has held up, it is super tough and still works like a charm after almost 7 month of having it. I highly recommend!!!!
October 23, 2017
Over 1000 miles and still going strong.
Brief: From overnight trips to long distance thru-hiking, this pack brings with it the comfort and versatility that very few packs in this range can offer. From tramping through rainforests in New Zealand to the Alpine regions of Colorado, I've had this pack in all types of weather with no problems to speak of. While partners of mine were complaining about sore shoulders/back, I was able to trudge on comfortably without any issues. The pack form fits perfectly to the contours of my back - and at 60L with plenty of pockets and space - it's a great size for anyone from those who want to pack lightly to those who want to run a heavier load for a comfort trip (there's even a front pocket that's perfectly sized for my Frisbee)! Of the other packs I've owned (REI flash 62L and a Gregory 50L) this has been my favorite in terms of comfort and durability.
October 26, 2017
Blake, thank you so much for this stellar review! So glad that the Aether is treating you so well! Enjoy, Leta Osprey Rep
October 17, 2017
Love all the updates!
It was easy to choose another Aether after my last one stayed strong for over a decade of multiple, week-long trips every season. It seems like the pocket configuration is more-or-less the same, because why mess with a solid design? The mesh padding on the hips and shoulders certainly feel more breathable and plush, and the wire frame feels sturdier and lighter.
October 17, 2017
Hey Derek, thank you for your review on the Aether 60. Osprey did a great job with the updates for sure. I appreciate your feedback! Leta Osprey Rep
August 10, 2017
Love this bag
It was time for an upgrade on the old Aether, there was no question I was going to buy another one.
August 18, 2017
Tyler, so good to hear! Enjoy! Leta Osprey Rep
June 26, 2017
Osprey Packs Aether AG 60L Backpack
This is my go to pack! For real this thing is legit. I've been on several backpacking trips with it. 60L forces you to pack smart but I've had the thing maxed out for every trip but Osprey's Anti Gravity suspension system distributes the weight so efficiently, It honestly feels like a day pack, so you'll stay light on your feet. I could go on forever about this pack. Extremely comfortable, customizable, and there's tons of handy features. The top lid converts to a day pack, which is super useful once you've reached your base camp. Any questions feel free to reach out!
August 18, 2017
Luke, many thanks for a great review. Happy Trails! Leta Osprey Rep
June 13, 2017
Best friend on your back
This backpack has been my travel buddy all over the world. Across the Nepali Himalayas, all through Patagonia, the jungles of Thailand and countless backpacking adventures state side. It is as comfortable walking around cities as it is in the woods. The 60L keeps you honest about your packing, just enough for a 4-5 day backpacking trip or a few months traveling. This keeps you from overloading your pack, be deliberate about gear and it should all fit. I am 5'8" and the medium fits well. The shoulder straps are vertically adjustable so you are able to customize the fit. The hip belts also molded well and stay in place while walking around all day. Over the years I acquired a few holes and broken buckles, as expected for hard use. I sent it back to Osprey and they patched everything up like new.
August 18, 2017
Great review - Zach! Thank you and I am sorry for my late reply! Leta Osprey Rep
June 11, 2017
I love this pack. The Anti Gravity suspension system has to be the most comfortable I've used. I sweat a lot and with this system, the pack is lifted off my back to allow air to flow through and help regulate temperature where the pack would otherwise rest and heat further. I've used this pack for numerous activities, including backpacking, ski touring and some mountaineering objectives. The top lid unclips and turns into a great summit pack that is hydration compatible and even has an ice axe loop too. This pack is not the lightest, but I would argue it is the most comfortable, so if that is what you're looking for, then I would strongly recommend this pack. Feel free to reach out to me with any sizing questions, or any questions about this pack or anything else.
May 23, 2017
Top lid as a daypack is amazing!
The top lid detaches as a daypack/summit pack and is an invaluable feature of the Aether. The Ariel is the womens version of this bag. Photo from a 16 mile dayhike in Havasupai along the Havasu Creek to the confluence of the Colorado River.
March 29, 2017
60 was too small
I needed an 80 the 60 couldn't fit my camping gear and my fly fishing gear at the same time.
April 23, 2017
These are the most frustrating reviews. I'm sorry that you chose the wrong pack for your gear setup, but that doesn't at all speak to the qualities of the backpack. Why even bother?
March 7, 2017
Osprey Aether AG Product Tour
Check out all of the great features of the new Osprey Aether AG series! Leta Osprey Rep
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March 6, 2017
Under tech specs, you list this as a top load only pack, but Osprey claims "side panel zip access to main compartment." Can someone clarify?
March 6, 2017
The Aether AG 60 and Ariel AG 55, (women's equivalent) have a side zip access on the wearers left side panel. This is a new feature to the smaller volumes of the Aether and Ariel AG series for this season!
March 6, 2017
Thanks for the question, Tyler! Osprey is correct, and this Aether 60 also has a side zip access, as Michale refers to below. I will make make sure to help Backcountry get the specs updated. Thank you for the question! Leta Osprey Rep